"Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him." Philippians 2:12,13 NLT
The Good News is Great News. The fact that even though we were born into sin, God would lay down His life for us. He not only pronounced the sentence, He paid the penalty. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God wipes the slate clean and gives us eternal life. But, we still have to work out our salvation, not for it, but because of it.
Working out our salvation can be very difficult. Our sinful nature, our culture, life's hardships, and our enemy Satan, all fight against us. Sometimes it can seen overwhelming. But there is more good news. No, it's great news! God is working in you. He gives you the desire and the power to please Him and do His will.
Self dependence leaves us short. Dependence on God gives us success. I exchange my self reliance for God reliance, and get the victory. What a deal!